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This is a guide to resources on the Oral History Program at Emory.

Welcome to the Emory Oral History Program!

Current Projects

Stories during the Coronavirus Pandemic:

How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted you? The Emory Oral History Program is collecting stories from the Emory community during the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)/COVID-19 outbreak. We invite anyone who considers themselves part of the Emory University community to share their oral history. 

Bearing witness to this unprecedented event by sharing our thoughts and experiences offers tremendous value. Your stories will give voice to our shared narrative. You will also help us understand how we are navigating this challenging time and unprecedented social isolation. Recording, preserving, and making oral histories available contributes to the historical record, creating resources for our shared university community and for future researchers and educators.

To participate in this project, sign up here! 

Underrepresented Voices at Emory:

We are continuing to interview for our Underrepresented Voices series. If you identify as a Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, or first-generation college student and would like to participate in this project,  sign up here! 

 

Jon Coulis

Joaquin Perez

Andy Paul

Belicia Rodriguez

Emma Hanlon

Scott Schnur

Hannah Katz

Azadeh Vatanpour


Information and Resources

The Emory Oral History Program welcomes everyone to express their different experiences. Sometimes these stories may include traumatic events. While our role and responsibilities are to help you tell your stories as you choose, we are not professional psychologists or therapists. Here are resources for information and professional support:

  • Emory Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): click here
  • Emory Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP): click here

Resources and Information on the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Emory University Resources and COVID-19 Updates: click here
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information on the novel Coronavirus (COVID-10): click here

 

Questions?  Please contact us!

Click here to give us feedback or here to suggest a new project

 

Jonathan Coulis
Oral History Coordinator

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library
Robert W. Woodruff Library

j.e.coulis@emory.edu

Follow us on Instagram: @EmoryOralHistory
 

What is Oral History?

Oral history interviews are a dynamic process of co-creation whereby individuals' lived experiences are recorded in their own words and as they choose to narrate them. The interview is the cornerstone of oral history, a guided exercise that is usually conducted in a one-on-one setting. The oral historian and the narrator together investigate living memory and create a resource that can help others to understand the impact of social phenomena on people’s lives from a personal perspective. The Emory Oral History Program (EOHP) aims to preserve the stories and experiences of people with a broad audience in mind. We approach oral history as a humanistic method of discovery that incorporates technology and archival practices with the goal of better understanding our communities and the world we live in.

For more information please refer to the Oral History Association’s resources here.

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is invited to interview?

Anyone from the Emory community is invited to come tell their story in an interview. 

How will I record an interview?

We will record interviews remotely using Zoom

What do I need to do to participate?

Sign up for a casual pre-interview meeting with an EOHP team member here. In the 15 minute pre-interview we will talk about the technological options and settings, how the interview will proceed, review consent and access options, and then schedule the interview. We aim to find a recording time within one week of the pre-interview. 

I have a poor internet connection. Can I still participate?

We can assess the connection during the pre-interview. We may suggest recording in audio only.

I previously participated in the Underrepresented Voices project. Can I also participate in the Stories During the Pandemic project?

Absolutely. 

Is the Underrepresented Voices series still recording interviews? 

Yes! To participate, sign up for a pre-interview meeting here. Interviews for this project will also be conducted remotely.

What will my video be used for?

We aim to make the interviews publicly available as soon as possible. In addition, the recording will become part of the Emory University Archives, to be preserved and made publicly accessible for researched, education, and public access. So, your story will inform the shared experience of the Emory community, or may be used by a researcher studying transformations in education, as a resources for a student's research paper, or in classrooms settings.   

What will I talk about in the video? 

We'll provide a few starting point questions and themes before the interview starts. But, we encourage you to tell your story as you choose, including the topics that interest, trouble, excite, or inspire you. Our role is to help you tell your stories. 

How long will the video be?

Your video can be as long or short as you'd like. Most interviews range between 35 to 45 minutes in length.

How do I donate my recording to special collections? 

After you record your interview, you will fill out a Deed of Gift form. This document transfers ownership of the video to the Rose Library (i.e. special collections) for preservation as part of the Emory University Archive. 

Can I place use restrictions on my video?

Yes. At the time of donation, you can decide if you want your video to be made available immediately or at a future date you designate. For example, you can request that your video be released for viewing in a year. You can also choose to record audio only.  

What if I have additional questions?

Please send an email to Jonathan Coulis (j.e.coulis@emory.edu) and we can help you get started!  

Can I suggest a new project?

Yes. If you'd like to suggest a new project for us, feel free to fill out our form here.